Camera shows robber had gun

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 8, 2010

A gun might have been used during the Saturday robbery of a McDonald’s night manager, Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams said Wednesday.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. outside the Wachovia Bank while the manager was attempting to use the night deposit.

Williams said after investigators reviewed the video surveillance footage of the incident, it is believed “the suspect had a weapon, but we were unable to ascertain what type.”

Williams could not comment on any other details of the incident, such as the amount of money stolen or characteristics of the alleged suspect, citing the integrity of the investigation.

“Sometimes that information can make or break a case,” he said. “I can say it was a ‘three-day take’ from the restaurant, and the information we have right now is that the manager left McDonalds sometime after 2 a.m., stopped briefly at the Chevron and traveled to Wachovia Bank, where at approximately 2:20 a.m. she was robbed.

“We believe the suspect arrived at the scene on foot and later fled east on foot,” he said.

The APD routinely provides bank escorts to local businesses free of charge; however, no one from the local fast food restaurant requested the service Saturday.

Williams asked the community to be on the lookout for anyone in possession of unusually large sums of cash.

“Especially if you know they shouldn’t have that large amount of money,” he said. “Or if someone has owed you money for a long time and suddenly paid you in full with cash – those things are indicators that something might be amiss. Let us know or let us know if you were traveling in that area early Saturday morning and saw something unusual.”

Once located, the suspect will be charged with first-degree robbery, Williams said.

Anyone with information can contact the APD at 334-222-1155.